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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, February 7, 1942
Lost at Sea
Five days after an unsuccessful attack on a target in the vicinity of Bangka Passage, Shark reported a potential target track to Surabaya. The report was acknowledged and she was directed to proceed to Makassar Straight via the north coast of Celebes. Nothing further was heard from the boat and she was subsequently declared lost on 7 March. ... A post-war analysis of Japanese war diaries lists numerous attacks on unidentified submarines in Shark’s area around 11 February 1942. The most likely is the report of IJN destroyer Yamakaze, which reported sinking a surfaced submarine with shellfire at 0137 on February 11. Yamakaze reported hearing voices in the water but did not attempt to rescue survivors.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 59

Name Service Branchsort descending
MM 1c Theodore Bellard USN
F 2c Robert Miller USN
CMM Merrill Gilman USN
CEM John Smith USN
Cdr Edward Blakely USN
F 1c James Iverson USN
SC 1c Pedro Gimenez USN
TM 2c Thayne Smith USN
CTM Walter Blanchard USN
F 2c James Johnston USN
RM 3c Thomas Spilman USN
Y 2c Karl Sandmann USN
RM 1c John Bolton USN
CMM Romie Jeffreys USN
Sea 1c Robert Stephens USN
TM 2c Harold Zeorlin USN
Sea 1c Thomas Brannan USN
TM 1c Clifford Jones USN
EM 1c Herman Striegler USN
SM 2c Charles Yanks USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)